It didn't seem that long ago that we were afraid to walk the streets of the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods. It may not be quite Mayberry RFD, but it's a helluva lot better than it's been in the past. Now if we could just get used to it and stride out from our homes without fear.
Auto Burglary: 800 Magazine
Auto Burglary: Burgundy & Iberville
Auto Theft: 365 Canal
Auto Theft: 927 Poeyfarre
Pickpocketing: 701 Bourbon
Theft: 227 Bourbon
Theft: 333 Julia
Theft: 1 Poydras
Simple Robbery: 600 Dumaine
Auto Burglary: 300 Baronne
Auto Burglary: 422 Notre Dame
Auto Theft: 920 Poeyfarre
Theft: 2 Poydras
Theft: 907 St Peter
Theft: 500 Poydras
Theft: 1026 Decatur
Auto Burglary: Burgundy & Iberville
Theft: 1001 Esplanade
Theft: 640 Bourbon
Rape: 124 Royal
Auto Burglary: 342 N Rampart
Auto Burglary: 800 Perdido
Bicycle Theft: 914 Bourbon
Theft: 930 Tchoupitoulas
Theft: 333 Poydras
A few robberies--and an arrest or 2: We reported the 2 armed robberies and one arrest in last week's NOcrimeline report, but here are 3 simple robberies from the past week:
- Saturday (6.12.10) 4:20 a.m.: Cops caught 2 black hoods for allegedly robbing a 47-year-old black lady who was standing near the corner of Bienville and Bourbon streets. One of them grabbed her purse and both of them took off running toward N. Rampart Street.
- Wednesday (6.9.10) 2:10 a.m.: A 32-year-old white man was robbed by a gang of black boys and girls in the 900 block of Conti Street (between Dauphine and Burgundy streets). Two of the black boys held the victim while the others in the gang--another boy and 2 girls--rifled through his pockets and took all he had on him. They fled on foot up Burgundy toward Canal Street.
- Tuesday (6.8.10) 9:52 p.m.: A 58-year-old white man walking in the 600 block of Dumaine Street (between Chartres and Royal streets) nearly lost his cellphone 2 black thugs tried to grab it from his hand. But he put up a fuss and the would-be robbers took off on Dumaine toward Decatur Street.
"Of course, the one that got real results was when I called because a petite, female police officer, off duty but in uniform and accompanied by her small daughter, was being assaulted by a huge man just outside the door of our building in broad daylight. There was a police officer on a scooter there in 30 seconds. She was joined by at least 8 other officers in patrol cars who blocked off both ends of (the) street.
"Another time, myself and another woman called 911 because a woman was being beaten in the middle of the day on Royal Street half a block from the 8th District station. A group of us collectively ran off the guy (another "domestic dispute), but when no officer showed up after 20 minutes, the victim left the scene and we did, too.
"One year on New Year's Eve, I observed a drunk guy being viciously beaten and kicked by 3 also-drunk guys. I called 911, but they really did not want to respond as they were busy. I finally got mad at the dispatcher and said, 'Mayor Nagin is giving a speech in Jackson Square half a block away and I can see dozens of uniformed officers standing around there. Why don't you have a couple of them cruise over here and act like policemen before this guy gets killed?'
"Another similar assault happened a few years later when a bunch of people were out on our galleries one lovely night and saw an SUV stop in the middle of (the) street and 3 guys jump out and attack a guy walking by on the sidewalk. Several of us called the police and they came rapidly.
"My last experience showed how it is suppose to go, but won't now that we are told not to call 911 about 'suspicious persons.'